SDCC FIRST LOOK: Johns & Frank's "Batman Earth One" Volume 2

At this weekend's Comic-Con International in San Diego, DC Comics is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Batman at almost every turn. And earlier this week, CCO Geoff Johns got in on the action, promising new artwork from he and Gary Frank's long gestating "Batman Earth One" Volume 2 on Twitter.

Well, the release has started a bit early as today DC shared a number of Frank's penciled images from the book. Included in the scene is the appearance of classic Bat-villain Killer Croc, sporting a design that harkens back to the character's roots as drawn by original artist Don Newton.

The book has been on DC's schedule since March, when Co-Publisher Dan Didio revealed to CBR that the company would up their commitment to the continuity-free "Earth One" series of graphic novels in the years to come.

"I think it's very important, because it allows us to tell stories with our primary characters at a different style and pace than we normally do in the periodicals," DiDio explained, stressing that these books were highly important to the creative teams' work with DC. "They're going in with that knowledge, so they're able to pace themselves properly, and understand that this is what their primary focus is going to be. We find them other work in between -- you might get a cover or two here and there. Even when we were working with Gary Frank, he was able to squeeze in some 'Shazam' material in between the 'Batman: Earth One' books. We always find ways to keep them out there and available, but on the other side of the coin, we really want their focus to make this the best possible project for them."

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